Game warden

Game warden

=United States=

In the United States, game wardens are state or local officials responsible for enforcing laws pertaining to the hunting, fishing, and trapping of wild animals. However game wardens in some areas have general law enforcement authority which means they can effect arrests for most crimes including traffic, and other general violations of the law. Game wardens may also be referred to as conservation officers or wildlife officers. They have much the same role as Gamekeepers in the United Kingdom

Game wardens, also known as conservation officers, have broad duties within the law enforcement spectrum, such as ensuring that licensing requirements are met by hunters, fishermen, and trappers. Detailed investigations are common in order to solve wildlife crimes. Officers in some areas may be responsible for conducting investigations of hunting related homicides and boating accidents. Officers also make arrests of individuals driving or boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Officers use DNA, ballistic, fingerprint, and any other comparative evidence to prosecute criminals that illegally kill wildlife or commit other crimes. Officers can also assist with wildlife management duties such as helicopter and fixed-wing airplane surveys to count elk, deer, antelope and other game animals. Officers assist landowners in finding solutions to wildlife damage. Officers teach hunter education classes and operate other programs to teach children, and the public, the importance of wildlife management and habitat conservation.

Many states require a college degree and also require officers to attend a state-certified police academy; however, some states have lowered the entry requirements for officers. Connecticut, for example, recently did away with their college requirement in hopes of opening the career field to a broader range of applicants.

In many jurisdictions conservation officers or game wardens have very broad authority. However, it is a fallacy that they can perform a search without a warrant in instances where regular law enforcement officers would need to obtain a warrant first. Conservation officers are bound by Supreme Court decisions just like any other law enforcement officer. Due to the specialized nature of their job, and the specialized search and seizure rules that they must adhere to, these game wardens do "seem" to be able to conduct searches and seizure that other law enforcement officials can not do. Conservation officers can, and routinely do, seize fishing equipment, firearms, vehicles, watercraft, and other equipment and property used in the commission of fish and game crimes with and without warrants. In many states, game wardens do not need warrants to conduct checks on places that they suspect taken animals or fish to be located, whether on public property or private property. This includes game checks in the field as well as storage facilities where suspected illegal game are stored.

earch with or without Warrant

The laws in many U.S. states allow game wardens to conduct certain types of searches with or without search warrants. The law in Louisiana for instance states in part "...any commissioned wildlife agent may visit, inspect, and examine, with or "without" [a] search warrant, records, any cold storage plant, warehouse, boat, store, car, conveyance, automobile or other vehicle, airplane or other aircraft, basket or other receptacle, or any place of deposit for wild birds, wild quadrupeds, fish or other aquatic life or any parts thereof whenever there is probable cause to believe that a violation has occurred. Commissioned wildlife agents are authorized to visit or inspect at frequent intervals "without" the need of search warrants, records, cold storage plants, bait stands, warehouses, public restaurants, public and private markets, stores, and places where wild birds, game quadrupeds, fish, or other aquatic life or any parts therof may be kept and offered for sale, for the purpose of ascertaining whether any laws or regulations under the jurisdiction of the department have been violated...." [ [ Louisiana law] : "Louisiana Legislature" RS 56:55.] The laws in other states may grant more or less search and seizure authority. These exceptions granted to game wardens are still considered to fall within the constitutional limits of search and seizure as outlined in the U.S. Constitution.


Enforcement officers who are assigned to the network of game reserves [ [ African game reserves] : "" website.] developed in the many countries which make up Africa are also know as game wardens. Their role is much the same as their U.S. counterparts.

ee also

*Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries - Enforcement Division
*Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police
*New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Police
*Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
*Colorado State Parks []
*Ontario Conservation Officers Association []


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  • game warden — n. a public official who is responsible for the enforcement of laws regarding the hunting of animals. Syn: gamekeeper, game warden. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • game warden — game .warden n someone whose job is to look after wild animals in a ↑game reserve …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • game warden — game ,warden noun count someone whose job is to see that the rules in a GAME PRESERVE are obeyed, especially those relating to hunting …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • game warden — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms game warden : singular game warden plural game wardens someone whose job is to see that the rules in a game reserve are obeyed, especially those relating to hunting …   English dictionary

  • game warden — noun a person employed to take care of game and wildlife • Syn: ↑gamekeeper • Hypernyms: ↑custodian, ↑keeper, ↑steward • Hyponyms: ↑warrener * * * ˈgame warden [ …   Useful english dictionary

  • game warden — Synonyms and related words: Audubon Society, National Wildlife Service, Sierra Club, air warden, attendant, caretaker, castellan, conservationist, conservator, curator, custodian, deliverer, forest ranger, gamekeeper, governor, guardian, guardian …   Moby Thesaurus

  • game warden — a public official who enforces game laws. * * * …   Universalium

  • game warden — noun (C) someone whose job is to look after wild animals in a game reserve …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • game warden — /ˈgeɪm wɔdən/ (say gaym wawduhn) noun an official who enforces game laws …   Australian English dictionary

  • game warden — a person who upholds fishing laws and regulations may be uniformed and armed …   Dictionary of ichthyology

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